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Motor City Soul

Playing some of the greatest tunes ever written, Motor City Soul deliver fiery and funky sets of classic Motown, Atlantic and rare Northern soul. Available as a 7-10 piece band with an infectious enthusiasm, Motor City Soul will bring the golden age of music to your event!

Price from £2,068 + travel

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Secure your 2022 / 2023 booking before the 30th June 2022, and if Covid affects your event plans, we will offer 100% deposit credit to be used against new bookings.

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Set List / Repertoire



25 Miles – Edwin Starr
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations
All Night Long - Lionel Ritchie
As – Stevie Wonder
At Last – Etta James
Baby, I Love You – Aretha Franklin
Band of Gold – Freda Payne
Beggin’ – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Big Bird – Eddie Floyd
Bull Dog – The Shirelles
California Soul - Marlena Shaw
Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
Clean Up Woman – Betty Wright
Come Together - Ike & Tina Turner
Crumbs Off The Table – Laura Lee
Dancing in the Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Fever – Patty Drew
Get Ready – The Temptations
Gimme Shelter – Merry Clayton
Gimme Some Lovin' – Spencer Davis Group
Hard To Handle – Otis Redding/ Patti Drew
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
(Like A) Heatwave – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
Hold On, I’m Coming – Sam & Dave  
I Believe in Miracles - The Jackson Sisters
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips (version)
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye (Version)
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
I Want You Back – The Jackson Five
I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
Le Freak  - Chic
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Livin’ for the City – Stevie Wonder
Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
My Girl - The Temptations
Needle in a Haystack – The Velvelettes
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Nothing But A Heartache - The Flirtations
Nowhere to Run - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Please, Mr Postman – The Marvellettes
Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner
Reach Out, I’ll Be There – The Four Tops
Really Sayin’ Something – The Velvelettes
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
Respect  - Aretha Franklin
Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Jackson 5 (Christmas set)
September - Earth Wind & Fire
Sex Machine - James Brown
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder 
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes (Christmas set)
Something's Gotta Hold On Me - Etta James
Son of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Soulful Dress – Sugar Pie Desanto
Soul Man – Sam & Dave
Stand By Me – Ben E King
Street Life – Randy Crawford
Sunny – Bobby Hebb
Sunshine of Your Love – Spanky Wilson
Superstition – Stevie Wonder 
Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
Tainted Love – Gloria Jones
The Clapping Song – Shirley Ellis
The Snake – Al Wilson
The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Think – Aretha Franklin
This Old Heart of Mine – The Isley Brothers
Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
Twist & Shout – The Isley Brothers
Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Going To Do) - Aretha Franklin
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted - Jimmy Ruffin
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye/ Donny Hathaway
Working In The Coal Mine – Lee Dorsey/ Harry Connick, Jr.
You Can't Hurry Love – The Supremes
You Keep Me Hanging On – The Supremes
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin

19 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
  • Excellent 19
  • Good 0
  • OK 0
  • Unsatisfactory 0
  • Poor 0

Absolutely exceptional performance

5 stars - Motor City Soul are Highly Recommended
booked Motor City Soul for their Wedding in London May 2022

“We booked Motor City Soul for our wedding and to say they pulled it out the bag is a massive understatement - their performance was truly outstanding and had dozens of our guests on their feet all night. The setlist was incredible (or as one friend put it, "banger after banger"), the vocals were amazing and all the musicians were at the top of their game. The dancefloor was packed and everyone was chanting for more at the end of the set. Added to that, the band were really easy to deal with and reach before the big day - and were more than happy to learn our slightly leftfield choice of song for our first dance. We can't recommend them highly enough.”

AMAZING band! A must have for wedding

5 stars - Motor City Soul are Highly Recommended
booked Motor City Soul for their Wedding in London March 2022

“Motor city soul smashed it! What a band. We had the best time and did not stop dancing for their whole set. So many of my guests came up and said how they were the best band they've heard play at a wedding. No brainer- a must have!”

This band SMASHED it! Oh What a Night!

5 stars - Motor City Soul are Highly Recommended
booked Motor City Soul for their event in Surrey November 2021

“From start to finish MotorCity Soul were true professionals. Saeed their keyboard manager was a dream to deal with pre and during the event, nothing was too much trouble. The party was a smash hit thanks to their music, the BEST band I have ever heard play at a party and thank goodness it was at my special party. Book the 10 piece band if you can as their music and voices were spectacular. Leo their lead singer rocks, what a star girl she is. One of my guests wants them to play at his wedding, his best friend responded ‘You need to get a girlfriend first mate’ That sums them up, book them without hesitation and if they are busy, I’d move my dates just to get them ….. Massive thanks for making my party a Smash Hit. Fleur x x x ”

Amazing wedding band for souls classics and more

5 stars - Motor City Soul are Highly Recommended
booked Motor City Soul for their Wedding in Surrey

“Absolutely fantastic band! Very organised and communicative before the day. Then they absolutely nailed our first dance song request. The rest of the show got everybody moving and singing along, and they sounded amazing. Couldn’t recommend more highly.”

Awesome. Spectacular. Amazing.

5 stars - Motor City Soul are Highly Recommended
booked Motor City Soul for their Wedding in London

“There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to describe just how great Motor City Soul are. For my husband and I, a live band was an absolute must at our wedding reception, and we wanted a party where everyone danced. Motor City Soul delivered this in spades. Our guests continue to gush about the band, and to marvel at the fact that they danced through every set, without a rest. The only challenge we had was trying to narrow down their set list to fit our timeframe, because every song on the list was one we wanted to hear! If you measure your event by the smiles of your guests, the sound of them singing along and the sweat they work up dancing, this is the band you want. While we can't have another wedding reception, we're already plotting ways to hire the band for another function so we can continue the fun!”

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Price from £2,068 + travel from London

Based on 7 members performing 2 x 45 minute sets

  • South East From £2,069
  • East of England From £2,132
  • East Midlands From £2,327
  • South West From £2,327
  • Wales From £2,844
  • West Midlands From £2,844
  • North West From £3,232

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Default lineup: 7 members

7 Piece: Lead female vocals, Backing vocals, Horn, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass & Drums.

*Please note larger line-ups are available (please see booking options).

Full Biography

* Professional service and delivery throughout from our amazing vocalists and musicians.
* Songs covering the golden age of soul and beyond. Hits that appeal to every generation and keep the dance floor full.
* State of the art 1300W PA and stage lighting.
* Additional live instrumental Jazz Quartet/ Quintet set for subtle background music for earlier in the day (please see booking options).
* Additional full soul DJ service available to finish your night (please see booking options).

If they don’t get you swinging, you ain't got soul...

Motor City Soul deliver fiery and funky sets of classic Motown, Atlantic and rare Northern soul, just the way it used to be.

Playing some of the greatest tunes ever written, expect them to recreate Detroit’s golden age of music masterfully, whilst they get you up and dancing, in a way that only a full brass backed soul band really can.

The band are highly regarded regulars on the London soul scene, holding down a number of residencies across the capital’s most popular nightspots. They have extensive experience catering for corporate functions (including Spotify, and Shazam – who both know their music!), weddings, parties and festivals.

Offering a flexible line up (7-10 piece) to suit your space and budget, they can also provide a searing soul DJ set, and an instrumental jazz quartet for subtle background music before the full evening show.

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